The revocation of voting privileges is part of the punishment and a deterrent to crime. Furthermore, it prevents a bunch of felons or an organized crime syndicate or gang from voting criminals into office. We will not allow the felon who raped the girl and ruined her life to later stand in line next to her at the voting polls! That’s not right. A felon who sold drugs to a woman’s child and messed the kid’s mind up for life will not get to vote?
Just because a few stoners who sold a few joints were turned into felons by an overly aggressive justice system, doesn’t mean we should welcome rapists and thugs back into our society with open arms. Society and the victims of felons did not commit any crimes here. The FELONS DID. So don’t guilt trip us. We’re not suckers, we’re their victims. We don’t trust them cause they’ve given us lots of reasons not to. They’re going to have to live with their mistakes like the rest of us. The Valentine Constitution solves the problem of over-incarceration in other provisions, but prohibits felons from voting.